MV Casanova Mini Cruise Review
We arrived late afternoon, boarded MV Casanova, and set sail to Dürnstein. That evening we enjoyed a welcome reception by the Captain and Hotel Manager followed by piano music before dinner.
The food and cuisine onboard MV Casanova is the best I have sampled on a European river, with excellent service to match. The Gala Dinner had 7 wonderful courses, all beautifully presented and delicious. Dishes included marinated crayfish, fillet of mullet with sesame, fried fillet of beef on shallot sauce with potato gratin with truffle flavour and stracciatelle sundae with vanilla sauce.
We sailed overnight and arrived at Dürnstein, Austria at 7am. At breakfast there was a substantial buffet offering cold meats, cheeses, breads, spreads, cereals, and cooked items too – you could also order eggs from the menu – cooked anyway you liked.
After breakfast we joined a walking tour of Dürnstein that took about two hours. With Peter Deilmann River Cruises you have a choice of tour experiences at each port of call (not including embark/debark days) including walking tours, coach tours or even a horse and carriage tour. Dürnstein was a delightful historic town on the banks of the Danube with an ancient castle in ruins overlooking it – you can climb to the top of the hill to explore the castle if you want – it’s about a 30-minute climb.
We boarded the MV Casanova for our afternoon sail to Vienna. During the afternoon, tea and cakes were served in the main lounge area, or you could take the time to relax and watch the scenery go past. The beauty of a river cruise is that you only have to unpack once, and have amazing scenery passing by your window 24-hours a day. Anyone who enjoys a city break will enjoy a river cruise - and the river ships can often dock in the heart of the city centre, getting you right in the middle of the action for sightseeing or exploring.
We arrived in Vienna that evening and after an early meal were transferred to the Palais Auersberg for a classical concert that was simply amazing. Ballet dancers and opera singers accompanied the talented musicians to really make this a night to remember.
Back on board the lounge was open for a quick nightcap, then it was time for bed as we had to disembark the next day.
The MV Casanova is a delightful 5-star river vessel that carries just 96 guests. The décor is art deco and very tastefully done, and the cabins are comfortable, with those on the upper decks having French balconies. Bathrooms are a good size for a river ship with Molten Brown toiletries. The ship has a luxury, cosy feel about it and the wonderful staff and crew really make you feel welcome. Thoroughly recommended.